08/20/2016 3:25PM

Blue Point gets first stakes win in Gimcrack Stakes

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Blue Point won the first stakes of his brief career and moved to the fore of the British 2-year-old division with a three-length win in Saturday’s $262,860 Gimcrack Stakes for colts and geldings at York Racecourse.

The 11-8 favorite in a field of 10, Blue Point was always near the front in the Group 2, six-furlong race on a straightaway turf course. He took the lead in the final quarter-mile under jockey William Buick and won comfortably over Mokarris, a minor stakes winner at Newbury Racecourse last month.

The Last Lion, a 14-1 shot, finished third.

Blue Point, by Shamardal, races for Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin Racing and trainer Charlie Appleby. Blue Point has won 3 of 4 starts. He was second by a neck in the Group 2 Richmond Stakes at Goodwood Racecourse on July 27.

British bookmakers have made Blue Point a 10-1 shot in the future book for the English 2000 Guineas at a mile at Newmarket Racecourse next May.

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